The Florians is the first in an outstanding six-book series known as The Daedelus Mission, which ranks among the best of Stableford's works.
Like the original Star Trek series, the Daedalus is on a multi-year mission to visit remote planets and check on previous colonization attempts. But the intricate plots and scientific detail go far beyond anything in Star Trek. Each planet visited has a unique ecosystem and evolutionary history which Stableford (a biologist himself) brings vividly to life. Alternate evolutionary paths provide fascinating turning-points for plots, and the problems encountered by the Daedalus's crew make exciting stories.
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Overall, the story was quite good, and the conclusion of the novel proved to be rather unexpected. . The basic conflict is predictable, but I really liked how it wasn't entirely clear which side was 'good.' The novel is paced well, too. Too many authors try to fatten up a book by unnecessarily delaying the critical 'revelations' which lead to the conclusion of the conflict; here, it all flows nicely. My only real problem with the book was the narrator. At the beginning of the book, the narrator's cadence was a little off. He seemed to pause in odd spots, and skip pauses in more natural places. I can't really say whether it got better as the book progressed, or if my ear just became accustomed to it, but I eventually found myself enjoying the book, and the narrator simply slipped into the background.
adventurous, insightful and enjoyable
The blend of a very good story with insight into human behavior.
All I know is that in this story, his performance helped make the story great.
I never caught this story in its original form, if I had I would have had the whole series. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come to audio.
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